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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Windies focus on youth cricket

People: Newly-appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd has indicated that youth development will be his primary focus in helping revive West Indies cricket. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

GRENADA, GUYANA REACH CUP SEMIS

Jamaica: The local Caribbean Cup tournament is entering its penultimate round of competition this Sunday, Aug. 24 with the final-four field now complete. Team Grenada and Team Guyana entered the fray to battle Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Team Jamaica, respectively, after posting quarterfinal wins last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sport Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Barbados Tridents are CPL champions 2014

Caribbean: After some exciting cricket in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League 2014 the Barbados Tridents captained by Kieron Pollard won the 2014 tournament by defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 8 runs via Duckworth Lewis method. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Clive Lloyd appointed West Indies chief of selectors

People: Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has been appointed chief of cricket selection panel by the West Indies Cricket Board. Other members on the panel are former West Indies captain and fast bowler Courtney Walsh, former West Indies wicket keeper batsman Courtney Browne, former West Indies fast bowler Eldine Baptiste, head coach Ottis Gibson and the team captain as a non-voting member. Director of Cricket Richard Pybus announced that Clive Lloyd had been contacted for two years to head the panel. Clyde Butts and Robert Haynes were removed from the panel at a meeting on July 12 in Antigua by the directors of the West Indies Cricket Board. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Offensive tackle looks to season

Bahamas: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is in his ninth seasonas a member of the New York Jets, which opens their regular National Football League schedule on the first Sunday of September. Comment.

CARIB CUP SHOWDOWN

Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Ormsby looks to bright future

Jamaica: Kyle Ormsby, a resident of Queens Village, New York, plays for the Ball Hoggs team in the 12 and under division of the ElmCor Summer Basketball League at the ElmCor Youth and Adult Center now in its playoff stages. Comment.

Record crowd for U.S. soccer

Sports: Soccer is fast becoming as American as apple pie! For the past three weeks Americans packed stadiums during a soccer invasion by some of the world’s great clubs. Dubbed the Guinness International Challenge Cup, the second-year tournament not only served as preseason prepping for the Europeans, but the international friendlies, played in the most storied stadiums here, served to further permeate the passion for the game among Americans. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Bolt adds 1st Commonwealth gold to 6 Olympic wins

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On a wet track following torrential rain, Usain Bolt gave the Commonwealth Games a display of showmanship and speed as he anchored Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay team to gold and glory on Saturday. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Trinidad’s Life Sport Program terminated

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar has called in the police to investigate allegations of massive corruption involving millions of dollars in the controversial Life Sport Program, which targeted young, unemployed youths to move away from a life of crime. Comment.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RED BULLS MAKE HISTORY

Sports: The New York Red Bulls, last Saturday afternoon, reminded us again that soccer is a game of glorious uncertainties. The Red Bulls (5-6-9), lingering in fourth place in the MLS Eastern Conference after drawing nine of its 20 games, became the first MLS team to defeat an English Premier League club, when it topped English FA Cup winner Arsenal FC, 1-0. Comment.

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel on top

Caribbean: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament took an interesting turn as Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel took the top honors by leading the points table. The T&T Red Steel has 10 points, they played six games and lost only one when they were defeated by the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The T&T Red Steel has three more games to play, the St. Lucia Zouks, Antigua Hawksbills and the Barbados Tridents. Comment.

Bailey-Cole wins Commonwealth 100 meters title

Jamaica: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — In Usain Bolt’s absence, training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole collected the first individual gold of his career by winning the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. Comment.

Lespierre readies for boxing match

Queens: The time is drawing near for Mikkel Lespierre’s sixth boxing appearance as a professional fighter. It’s going to be Friday night, Aug. 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall at 91-12 144th St. in Jamaica, N.Y. Comment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guyana Amazon Warriors lead points table

Jamaica: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League runners up for 2013 were the Guyana Amazon Warriors but this year the team seems to have a plan to be in the final and win it. So far in the competition, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have played three games and won all, placing them at a six-point lead on the chart. Comment.

GOAL SCORER

Brooklyn: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his league-leading 17th goal of the season in the Red Bulls 1-1 draw against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday night in front of 20,000 fans at Red Bull arena. He has a good chance of winning the 2014 MLS Golden Boot award if he continues his scoring trend. Wright’s closest contender for the scoring title is another Englishman, Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City, who registered 15 tallies so far. Saturday night’s tally was Wright’s sixth in his last five games. Comment.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Windies cricket icons cop key roles in CPL

St Kitts and Nevis: Two West Indies cricket icons, Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Vivian Richards have been appointed to key roles in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which is underway. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chris Gayle slams C.P.L ton

Trinidad and Tobago: The Limacol Caribbean Premier League’s 2013 champion, the Jamaica Tallawahs, defeated the St. Lucia Zouks by seven wickets during the opening Twenty20 match in St. George’s, Grenada last Saturday. Captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs Chris Gayle scored his first C.P.L 100. Gayle scored 111 runs off 63 balls with 10 massive sixes and five fours. The St. Lucia Zouks scored 161 runs off their 20 overs while the Jamaica Tallawahs scored 162 for 3 off 19 overs. Comments (1).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WORLD CUP LESSONS

Sports: By all reports, the most successful World Cup in recent times ended in Brazil last Sunday with Germany winning its fourth world title in defeating Argentina, 1-0. The Germans deservedly took home all the spoils, but for many of the rest of us, there were myriad reminders and lessons learned. Comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ahye beats Fraser-Pryce in Glasgow GP 100m

Trinidad and Tobago: GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago cemented her burgeoning sprinting reputation by winning the 100 meters at the Glasgow Grand Prix on Saturday. Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hurdlers set fast times in Paris

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States ran a year-leading 12.44 seconds to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Saturday while Hansle Parchment of Jamaica set the fastest time in the 110 hurdles this season. Comment.

Joseph seeks marathon races

Trinidad and Tobago: Robert Fain while on a political campaign trip to Long Beach, New York recently, entered into a 5K road race as he enjoyed competing in such events and won the event in 16:59. Comment.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BATTLE FOR THE CUP

Sports: And then there were two! After 32 teams battled over the past month to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship game in Brazil’s Maracana Stadium, the largest in the world, on Sunday, Germany and Argentina are left standing. Both teams survived to play in Sunday’s final game (3:00 p.m. ABC TV) because of their experience, discipline and organization on the field. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

COLOMBIA’S ‘HAT TRICK’

Music: FIFA kicked everyone else to the curb by naming Colombian pop star Shakira, the headline closing performer at the July 13 ceremony, which will mark the end of Brazil’s World Cup soccer competition. Comment.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blackwood, Gabriel unfairly treated

People: Jamaica’s middle order batsman Jermaine Blackwood who played his first Test match in New Zealand and scored a stylish 63 at the Queens’s Park in Trinidad was omitted from the final 11 at Kensington in Barbados for the third and final Test. Shannon Gabriel, the medium fast bowl from Trinidad & Tobago, who bowled appreciably well in the Test in Port of Spain at the Queens Park was also omitted from the final 11 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Comment.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Asafa Powell to run in France before CAS hearing

Jamaica: PARIS (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell will run in France on July 5, days before his doping hearing at sport’s highest court. The organizers of the Paris Diamond League meeting confirmed his participation on Tuesday. Powell is free to compete pending the outcome of his doping appeal. Comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Windies team getting into perfect stride

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies cricket team are slowly getting into the rhythm that would carry them forward to develop better statistics in the International Cricket Committee (ICC) Test for mat. Apparently the West Indies selectors are getting into the correct gear by choosing the near perfect squad for the second Test at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Comment.

COSTA RICA, MEXICO ADVANCE

Sports: Costa Rica finished second to the USA in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying a year ago, Mexico backed into the tournament after the U. S. pulled off an upset win in Panama on the last day of qualifying that put El Tri in a play-off against New Zealand for the half berth available after Honduras clinched the third automatic place. Both Costa Rica and particularly Mexico have made the most of their opportunities at the World Cup in Brazil and have advanced to the Round of 16, the second and single elimination phase, which gets underway this weekend when Mexico, second in Group A, plays Group B winner, The Netherlands, on Sunday. Brazil, Group A winner, plays Chile on Saturday. Comment.

Change has come to sports in the USA

Viewpoints: Coming to America was no easy transition for sports aficionados arriving as immigrants from the Caribbean. In Jamaica, track and field, soccer AKA football and cricket were the seasonal attractions. Therefore, when I attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx to find a soccer team in place, it was assurance that a measure of familiarly would prevail. Comment.

Chanderpaul’s new Test rank

Caribbean: West Indies middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has jumped into second place for Test batsmen, ahead of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in the latest ICC Test rankings. Comment.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

CONCACAF TEAMS GAIN RESPECT

Sports: CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Associations) teams are gaining much respect for the region with their positive play at the World Cup in Brazil. CONCACAF teams, long regarded as playing at a level well below the world powerhouses of Europe and South America, are shedding that inferior label and are now being seen as respectable competition to be reckoned with. Mexico, Costa Rica and the USA have won their opening games and improve their chances of advancing to the second round. Comment.

Guyana upset over Test pullout

Guyana: Guyana President Donald Ramotar says the decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to pull the third Test between the West Indies and New Zealand from the National Stadium is a blow to regional integration. Comment.

New Zealand bowled out for 221 runs

Trinidad and Tobago: On the first day of the second Test match West Indies against New Zealand played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. West Indies bowlers proved their worth by causing all sorts of trouble for the New Zealand batsmen. Comment.

Blake upset in 100 meters

Sports: All eyes were centered around two outstanding international sprinters during the IAAF Diamond League New York stop last Saturday afternoon. They were Yohan Blake, nicknamed the Beast’ and Nesta Carter, both of whom are highly ranked in the world. Comment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Inexperience US at World Cup

People: USA men’s World Cup soccer manager Jurgen Klinsmann, like any coach, will live or die by his decisions and the prognosis isn’t good. The German-born Klinsmann, in an attempt to create ‘his’ team, discarded proven World Cuppers and selected a very inexperienced squad to compete at the highest level of the game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which started yesterday. Comment.

Local soccer fans get triple treat

Trinidad and Tobago: Before the largest crowd of the young season New York Caribbean Cup soccer fans were treated to three outstanding soccer games this afternoon. At the end of the day Team St. Kitts and Nevis dominated Team Dominica 4-0, Team St. Lucia squeezed by Team Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in a game that could have gone either way, and in the nightcap, the match of the day, Team Grenada’s two early first half goals held up for a 2-1 win over Team Guyana. Comment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

READY FOR THE FIGHT

Sports: Mikkel Lespierre is anxiously awaiting for his next fight. All eyes from his friends, family and the average boxing buffs from here in the metropolitan area will be cheering him on and hoping he does well, maybe even win by a knock out. He is training hard for his upcoming fight at Gleason’s Gym. He wants to be in top shape when he demonstrates his skills in the ring. Now he must wait for his opponent to be announced. His trainer, Dan Saxby, has not made up his mind about his next opponent. Comments (1).

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sunil Narine suspended for home series

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been suspended from the home Test series against New Zealand. Narine failed to meet the deadline for returning to the Caribbean to prepare for training camp. He chose to remain in India with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the final of the Indian Premier League. Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Record crowd watch USA

Sports: Although the USA men’s World Cup team defeated Turkey, 2-1, at Red Bull Arena last Sunday in the second of its three-game World Cup send-off series, the bigger story was the record crowd of 26,762 for a U.S. men’s national team game at the venue and the atmosphere that was created at game. Comment.

Live FIFA World Cup broadcasts at SOBs

Music: Football fans will not have to sacrifice watching delayed games from Brazil the way they were forced to in 2010 when South Africa hosted the FIFA competitions. On this go-round SOBs (Sounds of Brazil) in Manhattan promises live coverage from June 12 until July 13 when the competition ends. Comment.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

JAMES EDGES OUT MERRITT

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Kirani James of Grenada edged American LaShawn Merritt in a photo finish to win the men’s 400 meters Saturday in the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic. Comment.

Jamaican native tests Big B

Sports: Saturday, June 7 marks Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. However, it’s not the only stakes race on the schedule, as for it’s the first time on this hishistoric day that there will be overall ten stakes events on the same card to the delight of the anticipated packed crowd. However, all eyes will be on the Belmont Stakes, in the late afternoon, with the Metropolitan Mile, also being focused upon. Comment.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BOLT’S CHAMPIONSHIP SPIKES FOR NY AUCTION

Jamaica: A pair of beautifully handcrafted spikes by Puma that was specially created for world sprint prodigy Usain Bolt and used in his training preparation for the 2013 World Championship Games in Moscow, Russia will go on sale at an auction in New York City on Friday, June 6. The auction will be a highlight of Rum & Rhythms, a signature event hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization during the annual Caribbean Week celebration in New York, and the premium event will take place at the posh Tribeca 360 in Lower Manhattan starting at 6:30 p.m. Comment.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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